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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

52 Ancestors - Lewis J. Stanfill 1832 - 1897

My 2nd great-grand uncle, Lewis J. Stanfill, was born in 1832 in Campbell, Tennessee, the son of Sampson and Rhoda (Ellison) Stanfill.  He was one of ten children that grew up in Elk Valley, in the Cumberland Mountains near the Kentucky state line. 



I recently found Lewis's will in the new ancestry.com collection of wills and probate records.  The Stanfill children all appear to have gone into farming, including Lewis.  According to Goodspeed's Biographical Sketches of the Residents of Campbell County, Tennessee, 1887:

L. J. Stanfill was born in Campbell County, August 22, 1832. He is the son of Samson and Rhoda (Ellison) Stanfill. The father is a native of North Carolina, and was born January 1, 1800. He is a very old and well respected citizen of Campbell County, and has served the county as one of its officials. His wife was a native of North Carolina, and was the mother of a family of nine children, seven sons and two daughters. Our subject is the fifth son, and was reared on the farm and educated in the country schools. He has devoted nearly all his life to farming, and recently suspended farming, and engaged in merchandising at Jellico. However he has been in the mercantile business for a number of years. November 19, 1860, he married Ellen Falkner. The marriage has been blessed by two sons and two daughters; their names are Nannie, William C., Mary Susan and Joshua F. August 18, 1868, the mother of these children died, and left the children to the care of the father, who has been a worthy father, a successful business man and an useful citizen. He commenced with capital and has been a financial success.


Lewis married Ellen Faulkner in 1860 and they had two sons and two daughters; Ellen died in 1880 when the three younger children were still at home.

Lewis's will indicates he had amassed a great deal of property in the Campbell, Tennessee and Whitley, Kentucky area; the will was drafted in 1892 and left the bulk of his estate to his three children Nancy, Mary Susan and William, and their children.  Joshua is left $50 as he has "already received an advancement of his portion of the estate."  Before his death, Lewis made a codicil to the will leaving $1,000 to Joshua's wife and children (who were not mentioned in the original will), with no mention of Joshua, who was still living at the time. 

Lewis died on June 1, 1897 and is buried next to his wife in the Stanfill Cemetery in Elk Valley. 


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